Today’s The Nation Newspaper Headlines Tuesday 18th June 2019.

Today’s The Nation Newspaper Headlines

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Okpekpe race promoter Itemuagbor loses father-in-law
Tue, 18 Jun 2019
The promoter of the IAAF silver label Okpekpe international 10km road race and Chief Executive Officer of Pamodzi Sports Marketing, Mike Itemuagbor has lost his father-in-law, Dr Michael Okhionkpamwonyi Richard.Dr Richard who at various times was a member of the board of governors as well as the academic board of Auchi Polytechnic in Auchi, Edo state died on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at the age of 78. Pastor (Mrs) Susan Itemuagbor, the first child of the departed announced the passing of her dad
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Im not in Oladosus league, says Joe Boy
Tue, 18 Jun 2019
African Boxing Union lightweight champion, Oto Joe Boy Joseph has described Rilwan Real One Oladosu, the West African Boxing Union (WABU) lightweight champion, as an ant seeking to topple an elephant. Oladosu, in the last few months, has openly challenged Joe Boy and threatened to dethrone him if and when they clash for the ABU title.The most recent of the challenges took place last week during the press conference to announce GOtv Boxing Night 19 in Lagos. The two boxers almost came to blows wh
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Star set to bring shining moments to AFCON 2019
Tue, 18 Jun 2019
With the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) kicking off in a few days, Star Lager beer is set to thrill fans with unforgettable moments.At a media parley event held at Warehouse Kitchen, Admiralty Way Lekki, Star Lager beer reeled out plans to engage consumers and create memorable experiences for football fans across the country during the AFCON tournament.Aside the top echelon of Sports media personalities at the event, former African Cup of Nations winners for Super Eagles were at the ceremony name
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Plateau tertiary institutions call off 7-week-old strike
Tue, 18 Jun 2019
The Joint Union of Plateau State-owned Tertiary Institution (JUPTI), on Monday called off its seven weeks old strike.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that the workers had embarked on the strike on April 23, over alleged poor funding of the seven tertiary institutions.The workers also wanted improved infrastructure, exemption from Treasury Single Account (TSA), the recruitment of more personnel, among other demands.JUPTI chairman Paul Dakogol, who announced the suspension of the action a
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AFCON: Aghahowa advises Rohr on quality of players
Tue, 18 Jun 2019
Former Super Eagles star, Julius Aghahowa has said that the team needs to get their acts together and put up a consistent performance to succeed at the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, AOIfootball.com reportsSpeaking exclusively with AOIfootball.com, the former Shakhtar Donetsk striker stated that regularity will be key as the team pushes for a triumphant campaign in Egypt.As we head into this tournament, a lineup filled with a consistent selection from the coach will be an integral deci
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Agbim backs Rohrs choice of Akpeyi as Eagles Number 1
Tue, 18 Jun 2019
Former Super Eagles goalkeeper Chigozie Agbim has backed Daniel Akpeyi to become the Super Eagles first choice goalkeeper when the AFCON tournament eventually kicks off in Egypt.Agbim told brila.net in chat that Daniel is an experienced goalkeeper that has stayed long in the Super Eagles.The former World Cup goalkeeper also said Daniel has what it takes to mount the sticks for Nigeria at the Nations Cup.Read Also:Agbim to leave relegated GombeGenort Rhor to use Daniel Akpeyi is a good one, Akpey
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France beat Super Falcons via penalty
Tue, 18 Jun 2019
Hosts France secured the top spot in Group A as they maintained their perfect record at the 2019 FIFA Womens World Cup with a controversial 1-0 win over 10-woman Nigeria on Monday.Les Bleus had opened up their home tournament with victories against South Korea and Norway, and Wendie Renards 79th minute penalty at Rennes Roazhon Park made it three from three going into the knockout rounds.However, the spot-kick was controversial. It was awarded via VAR after Ngozi Ebere was adjudged to have foule
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I begrudge nobody, says Omo-Agege
Tue, 18 Jun 2019
Deputy Senate President Ovie Omo-Agege yesterday said that he harbour no malice or ill feelings against any senator of the Eight Senate.Omo-Agege made the declaration in his Asokoro Abuja home while addressing reporters on his election as Deputy Senate President on June 11, 2019.He noted that the Eight Senate had become history, adding that focus for Senators in the Ninth National Assembly, is how to improve the well being and welfare of ordinary Nigerians through legislative interventions.He ad
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Bayelsa poll: PDP holds primary September 3
Tue, 18 Jun 2019
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will hold primaries to elect its standard bearers for the November 16 elections in Bayelsa and Kogi states on September 3.The date was announced yesterday by the partys Deputy Director, Organisation and Mobilisation, Adeyemi Moyegun.Moyegun said the date was approved by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party.Read also:PDP berates Obaseki over delayed inauguration of AssemblyHe said: Our great Party has approved Tuesday September 3rd 2019 for the Gube
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Gbajabiamila did not buy vote, says Rep
Tue, 18 Jun 2019
House of Representatives member Khadijah Bukar Abba yesterday said that Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila did not induce his colleagues financially to vote for him.Abba, the acting spokesman of the House spoke shortly after the inauguration of four adhoc committees by the Speaker.According to Prof. Julius Ihonvbere, who stood in for the ad Committee Chairman, Gbajabiamila had no reason to induce any lawmaker as he worked hard enough to deserve the seat.A House of Representatives group, G7, said it would
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Chief Izah passes on
Tue, 18 Jun 2019
The death has been announced of the pioneer principal of St Pius Xth Grammar School, Onicha-Ugbo, Delta State, Chief James Izah. He was 95.The deceased administered the school from 1960 to 1969 under the auspices of the Catholic Archdiocese of Benin of the then Western Region.A statement on Monday by the President of the Old Boys Association, Sir Richard Asenime, urged all Old Boys, home and abroad, to reach out to one another and mobilise to give the deceased a befitting burial.According to him
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Indigenes allege land grabbers sack Ogun villages
Tue, 18 Jun 2019
Indigenes of eight communities in Oko-Makun, Sagamu Local Government Area of Ogun State on Monday protested at Oke-Mosan Governors Office, Abeokuta, calling on Governor Dapo Abiodun to protect them from land grabbers.They alleged that the land grabbers have evicted them from their ancestral land, destroying farm crops and fishponds.The villagers lamented the loss of their means of livelihood totalling millions of naira to the routine raid on their farms and homes by the land grabbers.According t
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Obaseki cant intimidate us
Tue, 18 Jun 2019
The All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers-elect in Edo State have said Governor Godwin Obaseki cannot intimidate them into picking Assembly leaders of his choice.The partys leadership last weekend zoned the Assembly positions to different senatorial districts, but the actions did not go down well with the 19 lawmakers.The lawmakers, who addressed a news conference yesterday, accused Obaseki of attempting to truncate democracy by refusing to send a proclamation letter.Washinton Osifo said the
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Workers allege sale of hospital property
Tue, 18 Jun 2019
Workers of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in Keffi, Nasarawa State, have accused the hospital management of high handedness and unauthorised sale of hospital property.The workers accused the Medical Director (MD) Dr. Yaya Adamu of taking some decisions inimical to the hospitals interest.They alleged an 100 per cent hike in delivery fee from N30,000 to N60,000, saying the increase was not in the interest of patients.The hospital, they alleged, was witnessing a drop in patronage which may not be
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Abiodun inaugurates committee to review appointments of 75 coronet Obas by Amosun
Tue, 18 Jun 2019
Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun has inaugurated the Chieftain Review Committee constituted to look into the upgrade and appointments of 75 coronet Obas by former Governor Ibikunle Amosun in the twilight of his administration.The committee is chaired by the Olu of Ilaro and Paramount ruler of Yewaland, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle.Other members of the committee are the Osile of Oke Ona Egba, Oba Adedapo Tejuoso; Dagburewe of Idowa, Oba Yinusa Adekoya; Elepe of Epe, Sagamu Oba Adewale Osiberu; Aro of Eg
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My administration ll prioritise security, says Sanwo-Olu
Tue, 18 Jun 2019
Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has assured Lagosians that his administration will put safety of lives and property as a priority.The governor gave the assurance on Monday while briefing state House reporters after the weekly security meeting with top security officers at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja.He said all the security formations have been well-informed that keeping Lagos safe and secured is a daily responsibility and everyones responsibility.Saying that he was delighted because
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DICON will improve local content
Tue, 18 Jun 2019
Director-General of the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) Maj.-Gen. Victor Ezugwu has pledged to improve the local content component of the corporations manufacturing output.He noted that Nigeria had the potential human and material to corner the countrys military hardware parts supply market.Ezugwu spoke at the handing over ceremony at DICON Headquarters in Kaduna, when he took over from Maj.-Gen. Bamidele Ogunkale.He praised Gen. Ogunkale for laying a solid foundation in his
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Akeredolu drops three commissioners
Tue, 18 Jun 2019
Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has rejigged his cabinet.According to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary to the Governor Segun Ajiboye, three commissioners were relieved of their duties.They are Prince Solagbade Amodeni of the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development; Taofiq Abdusalam of the Ministry of Works and Infrastructures and Alhaji Ismaila Olurimisi of the Ministry of Culture.The governor made the announcement of the rejig at the end of the State Executiv
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2019 elections: Army absolves itself of wrong doing
Tue, 18 Jun 2019
The Nigerian Army has absolved itself and personnel of any wrong doing during the 2019 general elections.It also dismissed allegations of attempted assassination, hijack of Independent National Electoral (INEC) materials as well as imposition of curfew in Rivers State as untrue.A statement signed by Army spokesman Col. Sagir Musa said the Army would however embark on administrative transfer of some personnel from the 6 Division in Rivers state to douse tension in the area.It added that the Commi
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Tribunal dismisses AD, LP petitions challenging Lagos governors election
Tue, 18 Jun 2019
The Lagos State Gubernatorial Election Petitions Tribunal sitting at Ikeja, Lagos on Monday dismissed petitions filed by the Alliance for Democracy (AD) and the Labour Party (LP) challenging the victory of Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the March 9 polls.The tribunals chairman, Justice T.T. Asua, in a ruling, dismissed the petitions due to the failure of the petitioners to file applications for pre-hearing conference after the close of pleadings within seven days as prescribed by the
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Osun poll: Oyetola, APC, INEC ask Supreme Court to dismiss Adelekes appeals
Tue, 18 Jun 2019
Osun State Governor Adegboyega Oyetola, his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) have urged the Supreme Court to dismiss the four appeals filed by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the last governorship election, Senator Ademola Adeleke.Adelekes four appeals are challenging the May 9, 2019 judgments of the Court of Appeal, Abuja, which affirmed Oyetolas election as the governor.The Court of Appeal also set aside
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Stop peddling falsehood against Tinubu, Lagos APC tells George
Tue, 18 Jun 2019
Lagos State All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday advised the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, Commodore Bode George, to desist from fabricating lies against its stalwart Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.The party wondered why George could support the Mr. Kola Abiolas lie that Tinubu begged the late Gen. Sani Abacha to made commissioner in Lagos State.Kola Abiola, last week provoked controversy when he insinuated that It was after Tinubu had lost out that he decided to join hands with the Nation
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Lagos PDP: Torn apart by crises
Tue, 18 Jun 2019
Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been embroiled in a battle of survival. Many factors have contributed to the intractable crises that have prevented the party from fulfilling its aspiration of giving the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) a run for its money in the last general elections. MUSA ODOSHIMOKHE examines the issues that have bedeviled the party and how it can be repositioned for future elections.All is not well with the Lagos State chapter of the People
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Seun Kuti, Seun Kentebe, others featured on international platform
Tue, 18 Jun 2019
Grammy-nominated musician Seun Kuti, William Seun Kentebe and others high-powered Nigerians were among global superstars featured on international platform, Visual Collaborative.Visual Collaborative, an online catalogue, in the mid-year issue explores the human condition, self-awareness, inclusion, youth leadership and the post-digital movement. Featuring people from all walks of life, their paths converge in Humanities.The summer edition, titled Voyager, featuring 25 individuals and three main
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Stop encouraging drug abuse, Shakar EL tells entertainers
Tue, 18 Jun 2019
Rising artiste Shakar EL is worried at the rate some entertainers encourage the use of drugs in public and on their social media platforms.According to the Enugu-born singer whose real name is Chukwudi Ezeagwa, the problem of alcoholism and drug use among youths is very serious.I am really scared and sad about the rate of alcoholism and drug abuse among young entertainers and Nigerian youths in general, he said.The problem is very serious. I consume alcohol on a moderate level and back then I us
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Itel treats customers in new promo
Tue, 18 Jun 2019
Itel Mobiles new and existing customers are in for a treat this season as the firm is giving thousands of customers across a chance to win 10,000 dollars in the new season of winnings promo.This mega-promo is touted to be itels biggest ever. The promo runs till June 30. The promo is the brands way of appreciating its customers for their unwavering loyalty and affinity over the years.To be among the lucky winners, all you need do is buy any of itels latest power devices, itel P33 or P33 Plus at a
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Marketing Edge awards goes on electronic billboards
Tue, 18 Jun 2019
Nigerias leading marketing and brands summit/awards, MARKETING EDGE Awards, has gone live on electronic billboards in Lagos.The high-tech innovative billboards are part of strategic moves to boost the brand equity of the IMC twin event. Some of the strategic locations include, but not limited to Eko Bridge, Ojuelegba, Ogba, Allen Avenue, Victoria Island, Marina, Festac, Apapa and Surulere among others.According to the Publisher/CEO Marketing Edge, John Ajayi, preparations are in full swing to ac
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Dangote Cement eyes $700m forex earnings from terminals
Tue, 18 Jun 2019
THE cement terminals being built by Dangote Cement Plc in Ibeshe, Lagos State and Onne, Rivers State, will fetch the company $700 million when completed, it was learnt yesterday.Going by the schedule, the terminals will be completed before the end of this year, the company said at its 10thAnnual General Meeting (AGM) in Lagos.The plants are being built to shore up the companys market share, its Chairman Alhaji Aliko Dangote told shareholders at the AGM, adding that the project, which was delayed
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CBN to close bank accounts of firms importing forex restricted goods
Tue, 18 Jun 2019
Any firm found smuggling into the country goods for which access to foreign exchange (forex) has been restricted will have its bank accounts closed, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) warned yesterday.The apex bank curbed access to dollars in 2015 for firms importing 42 items, ranging from rice and soap, to private jets and Indian incense in a bid to conserve foreign reserves and diversify the economy.It added one item to the list last year.Once we discover that people are using illicit foreign e
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Hurdles before AMCONs N5.4tr debt recovery bid (2)
Tue, 18 Jun 2019
In this concluding part of these series, COLLINS NWEZE sheds more light on the huge task ahead of AMCON.AMCON has powers, which at face value, enable it to deal with defaulting debtors. The use of these powers, in theory, should help AMCON to recover huge debts. For instance, Section 48 of the AMCON Act empowers the corporation to either act as or appoint a receiver for a debtor-company which assets have been charged, mortgaged or pledged as security to AMCON. This in itself is a unique provisio
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ITU urges Ethiopia to learn from Nigeria
Tue, 18 Jun 2019
The Non-Executive Chairman, Commonwealth International Telecoms Union (ITU) Group (CIG), Dr Bashir Gwandu, has urged the government of Ethiopia to learn from the experience of Nigerias telecoms sector so as not to make mistakes.Gwandu who was a former commissioner and acting Executive Vice Chairman/CEO, Nigerian Communications Coomission (NCC), gave the advice in his keynote speech at the Innovation Africa Digital Summit (IAD) 2019 held in Addis Ababa last week.He stressed the need for strong an
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ITU: e-waste holds $62.5b revenue potential
Tue, 18 Jun 2019
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has said electronic or e-waste presents an opportunity valued at over $62.5 billion per year if treated through appropriate recycling chains and methods. It also has a potential to create millions of decent new jobs globally.The global telecoms body, through the Global E-waste Statistics Partnership, has, therefore, launched a major campaign to address the menace of global electronic or e-waste threat.ITU, which is a founding member of Global E-was
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Customs resolves 140 duty paid value disputes
Tue, 18 Jun 2019
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Dispute Resolution Committee (DRC) has resolved over 140 duty paid Duty Paid Value (DPV) issues at the Tin Can Island Port.The panel settled cases between January and last month, Tin Can Island Customs Command spokesman Uche Ejesieme said in a statement.Ejesieme urged importers and their clearing agents with issues with documentation to take their cases to the panel.He said: This year alone, we have resolved over 140 cases in the DRC either for or against, all w
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NOTAP, Medallion seek tech adoption to boost tourism
Tue, 18 Jun 2019
Two organisations in the private and public sectors Medallion Communications Limited and National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) have advised the deployment of technology in the tourism and travel space to boost buinsesses in the sector.They spoke at the maiden edition of Tourism and Technology Summit in Lagos.President/CEO of Medallion Communications Limited, Mr. Ike Nnamani, said advances in technology has changed the way people travel, adding that the new innovations
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We plan to run efficient, sustainable airline
Tue, 18 Jun 2019
What has Ibom Air, the new entrant into the airline business, got to offer’ Plenty, says its Chief Operating Officer (COO), George Uriesi, who notes that the airline invested in Bombardier Canadian Regional Jet J900 (CRJ 900) aircraft because of their suitability for Nigeria.Besides being cost effective , the aircraft are equipment suitable for the route and operational structure developed in the carriers business plan, he added.Speaking at the airlines inaugural flight on the Uyo Lagos- L
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No Excuses APC
Tue, 18 Jun 2019
The All Progressive Congress (APC) chairman Adams Oshiomhole surely has his faults, but he also has the courage to dare. Some say he is abrasive and rash when pushing his view. But regardless of what one says about the petit former labour leader, it is dangerous to take him for granted in any contest, where being loquacious is an added advantage.Politics is one such contest, where being bombast could be a bomb against your opponents. In the run up to the 2019 general elections, the APC chairman
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Open letter to PMB
Tue, 18 Jun 2019
CONGRATULATIONS sir on your second presidential inauguration which you rightly and meritoriously deserve given the abysmal state of affairs when you assumed office four years ago. Now is the time to make the hard decisions (your own words) that will visibly impact on security and the economy. You must confront the seemingly insurmountable and intractable security and economic challenges presently afflicting our nation with more vigour and steely will. Multi-faceted insecurity is destroying our n
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